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Posted: 2017-02-26 13:00:00

By Alister Doyle, Reuters

Ocean scientists will pick 50 coral reefs worldwide to test ways to limit damage from climate change, pollution and over-fishing that threatens to wipe out 90 percent of all reefs by 2050, according to a plan launched on Thursday.

Last year was the warmest on record the third time in a row, damaging corals from Australia's Great Barrier Reef to the Caribbean, a loss for fragile species and a threat to coastal economies in the magnitude of billions of dollars.

Peter Gash (L), owner and manager of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, snorkels during an inspection of the reef's condition in an area called the "Coral Gardens" located 80 kilometers north-east from the town of Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015.
Credit: REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

An alliance of scientists, conservationists and philanthropists said experts will select 50 reefs around the globe during 2017 and then test conservation techniques that will be extended elsewhere if successful.

"There's been a lot of work on identifying the train crash (for corals) but

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